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2021 Decimal Day Fifty Pence Piedfort Gold Proof Coin

UK21DGPF 2021 Decimal Day 50th Anniversary 50p Gold Proof Piedfort Boxed

Buy a 2021 Decimal Day Fifty Pence Piedfort Gold Proof Coin

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On 15 February 1971, the UK formally decimalised its currency, overturning a centuries old system in which the pound was made up of 20 shillings or 240 pence. Decimal Day was a major success for The Royal Mint, taking years of planning and the establishment of a new factory in Llantrisant, Wales. Fifty Years on in 2021, the Mint celebrated with a range of commemorative Fifty Pence pieces, issued to mark the occasion. These coins feature Jody Clark’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen to the obverse, in use since 2015. This is paired with a nostalgic reverse by graphic designer, Dominique Evans. Her creation takes inspiration from the designs of the old coins that were removed from circulation after 1971. A wren, the masts of the Golden Hind and the head of Britannia are instantly recognisable. This double-weight piedfort proof edition is struck in 31.00 grams of 22 carat gold. It’s twice the thickness of an ordinary 50p but otherwise has the same dimensions. Only 200 of these gold proof coins were offered and this one comes in its original presentation packaging with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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Obverse

Fifth crowned portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark. Running continuously around the effigy:  'ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F· D · 50 PENCE · 2021'.

Reverse

Designed by Dominique Evans. In centre, a small seven sided shape containing the inscription '1971 DECIMAL DAY'. Around, parts of the designs of British pre-decimal coins, clockwise: two shillings; shilling; wren farthing; brass threepence; sixpence; a ship-type halfpenny; the figure of Britannia from a penny.

Specification

31 grams of 22 carat gold. 27.30 millimetres diameter. Struck to proof standard.

Presentation

One of just 450 issued in this presentation. Comes in original box from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

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